A BRIEF MODERN HISTORY OF NORMAN'S CAY
A Brief Modern History of Norman's Cay
1970s - Colombian drug lord Carlos Rivas turns the small Bahamian island of Norman's Cay into part of an international drug smuggling operation.
1980s - DC-3 misses the island landing strip and crashes into the lagoon on an ill-fated drug run.
1983 - NBC documentary exposes the drug operation and authorities move in.
1987 - Carlos Rivas sentenced to 135 years in prison for drug trafficking. He strikes a deal with the government and agrees to testify against Manuel Noriega.
1990s - Cruisers return to Norman's Cay and write graffiti in the abandoned buildings of the drug compound.
2006 - The DC-3 becomes one of my favorite snorkels ever.
Snorkeling doesn't get any better than this if you want to inspect a drug lord's plane that crashed in a tropical lagoon.
The tail of the plane has disintegrated and broken free from the rest of the fuselage.
Starboard engine with propeller buried in the mud.
Remnants of the main fuselage slowly become a reef that features a door and windows with a view.
It wasn't long after this plane rudely invaded Norman's Cay Lagoon that Mother Nature started turning something evil into something beautiful. A new reef shaped in the form of an airplane.
Fish swimming through the cockpit. It doesn't look like a flying fish to me!
Bad things often turn into good things given enough time.
You don't even need to put on scuba tanks to inspect the wrecked plane. Snorkle gear does the job just fine.
Life is good!
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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